Saturday, September 11, 2010


5 out of 5. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN by Sergei Eisenstein was incredibly ahead of its time. It has such a contemporary feel to it I really thought it was filmed in the 40s, until I looked again at the release date. The message of course has its propaganda roots but the story is still universal. Eisenstein on images and Shostakovich on music is as close as you can get to a near perfect marriage...right up there with Hitchcock and Hermann. The imagery and cutting is really unique and beautiful, even reminiscent of Bergman at times in the languid interstitial shots that submerge the scene in symbolism. Anyone who enjoys silent movies will be blown away by this epic. Anyone who liked Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible shouldn't miss this either. Even if you don't like silent films...this will surprise you.


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